Varicose Veins: Non-Surgical Treatment Options

The interventional radiologists at Minneapolis Vein Center offer non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins. Surgery isn’t the only way to relieve painful symptoms of varicose veins or feel better about the appearance of your legs. Learn more about the minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment options that may be right for you.


Phlebectomy is most often used to remove abnormal medium-to-large veins. You will receive local anesthesia at the incision site to numb the entire area. Using a special set of tools, the physician makes tiny incisions in the skin to remove the affected veins. These incisions are so small that stitches are not required.


Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins. During the procedure, a radiologist will use a fine needle to inject a solution directly into the spider veins, which causes them to turn to scar tissue and slowly fade away. It takes approximately 2-6 weeks to see the full results.


During venous ablation, a thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny cut in the skin. The catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) or laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over to empty blood from your legs. As normal blood flow is re-established, your symptoms should improve noticeably. The vast majority of patients report improvement in symptoms and appearance immediately following the procedure. In fact, ninety eight percent of patients who have undergone venous ablation would recommend it to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems.


All minimally-invasive, non-surgical varicose vein treatments offered at Minneapolis Vein Center require very little recovery time. Most patients can resume daily activities the same day or the following day. Compression stockings are required for about two weeks, and help to support healthy blood flow.


Call Minneapolis Vein Center to learn more about non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins. Our board certified, fellowship trained interventional radiologists will conduct a thorough exam and develop a customized treatment plan to improve the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins.

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